When a parent receives Social Security disability benefits, specifically SSDI (not SSI), his or her minor children are often eligible for Social Security auxiliary benefits. The minor children are still potentially eligible for these benefits even if the parents are divorced, and even if the children live with the non-disabled parent.
So, how does adding another child will affect the amounts paid to the disabled parent’s children living in a separate household. Continue reading Effect of another child on Social Security auxiliary benefits
In addition to paying disability benefits for disabled individuals, Social Security also provides benefits for their minor children and also the spouse (if taking care of non-disabled children under 16 year old or a disabled child of any age).
Ok. How much can a spouse or child get in auxiliary Social Security benefits?
Continue reading How much does Social Security pay in Auxiliary benefits
This question comes up in the comments from time to time.
My children receive Social Security auxiliary benefits because my spouse is disabled. My oldest is graduating high school next month. Social Security has told me that my oldest’s benefits will be stopped.
Will my other children’s benefits go up?
Continue reading My child is graduating high school, will my other children’s Social Security benefits change?
Several people have asked if the auxiliary Social Security benefits (benefits paid the the spouse and children) of a disabled person receiving Social Security Disability Insurance reduce child support or spousal maintenance payments.
Colorado Springs family law lawyer Yolanda Fennick tackles this topic in today’s guest article: Continue reading Do Social Security auxiliary benefits reduce child support?
A reader asked if a child can still receive Social Security auxiliary benefits if she is living apart from the disabled parent:
If I have legal guardianship of my nephew and my sister is receiving SSDI. Can I apply to receive the benefits for his caretaking? My sister has been told that she could receive benefits for him, but unless she gets to keep it, she won’t apply for it, saying that the SS office told her it was only if he lived with her. Is that true or could I apply for him?
This is similar to a situation I wrote about concerning divorced parents. Children with disabled parents are still eligible for Social Security auxiliary benefits even if they are living apart from the disabled parent. Continue reading Social Security benefits for kids of a disabled parent
Children can often receive Social Security benefits if a parent is disabled or deceased. I have previously written about these kind of Social Security auxiliary and survivors benefits.
However, there are times when proving paternity becomes an issue.
Here are a couple of situations where this comes up: Continue reading Proving paternity for children’s Social Security benefits
I was recently asked if Social Security child’s benefits continue for a full-time student who is 18 or over.
Here is the answer in a directly from Social Security:
No. At one time, SSA did pay benefits to eligible college students, but the law changed in 1981. Benefits stop when a child reaches age 18 unless he or she:
- Is disabled; or
- Attends a secondary (grade 12 or below) or elementary school full-time.
In general, benefits end when:
- The student graduates [high school]; or
- The student turns age 19 and two months, whichever is first.
Normally, benefits stop when a child reaches age 18 unless he or she is disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, benefits generally can continue until he or she graduates or until two months after he or she reaches age 19, whichever is first.
Here are the applicable regulations: Continue reading Can a 18 year old full time student still get Social Security child’s benefits?
Children can get Social Security benefits if they have a parent who is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI). 20 CFR 404.350 is the regulation dealing with who is entitled to Social Security child’s benefits. Generally, the child has to qualify as the parent’s child (more on this in a moment), be dependent on the parent, unmarried, and under 18.
What happens in cases of grandparents, step-parents, or parents who adopt children? Are their children entitled to Social Security child’s benefits?
Continue reading Can adopted children receive Social Security because of parent’s disability?
When a disabled individual receives Social Security disability insurance benefits (also known as DIB, SSDI or Title 2 benefits), their spouse and/or minor children may also be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. These benefits paid to the spouse or minor child are called “auxiliary benefits.”
Wait a minute, I’m on SSI, but my kids didn’t get any Social Security benefits.
Continue reading What are Social Security auxiliary benefits
If your husband or wife is disabled and getting Social Security disability benefits, you may also be getting auxiliary benefits (click the link for more information about who qualifies). I previously coved how Social Security benefits stop if a disabled person is goes to jail / prison.
So, what happens to the children’s or spouse’s benefits if the disabled individual is incarcerated?
Do the wife or husband’s Social Security disability auxiliary benefits stop?
Do the children’s Social Security disability auxiliary benefits stop?
Continue reading Social Security benefits for spouse and child during incarceration